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Old 10-30-2014, 10:18 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy some quality surf rods in order to get bait out further. I've had decent luck using my 7' rods, but now I'm wanting 10-12' rods. I've read a lot of reviews on Penn Prevail. The consensus seems to be that those are excellent rods. A friend told me he loves his Offshore Angler, Bass Pro branded surf rod. They are certainly priced lower than Penn, but what about quality? I want something that will hold up well in the surf. Any opinions?
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I have a 10' prevail on a 5k series reel with 30lb braid. Awesome rod. Slings bait pretty dang good. I love mine.
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I have a 10' prevail on a 5k series reel with 30lb braid. Awesome rod. Slings bait pretty dang good. I love mine.
Thanks, Justin. I think I am leaning towards them. The reviews are always positive.
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Thanks, Justin. I think I am leaning towards them. The reviews are always positive.
You won't be disappointed. It's solid rod. Broke mine in other night on 2 blues and 2 sharks. Nothing major but I got bait. Lol.

Been using a small 1ft leader and 2oz pyramid and it can sling pretty far. Just what I wanted in a rod
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Pilar am going fishing ,pensacola,EOP I'll have some long range surf set up's with me .If you want to try them it's 3416290
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St Croix Mojo 11' with braid casts farther than any setup I have ever seen. Pricey though at $250
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once you learn to use them, if your not already, conventional reels are the way to go when looking for distance but you don't always have to put your bait over 80yrds. sometimes 20-50 is all that's needed. actually, most of the time that's all that's needed.
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I have a penn prevail 9'. It is definitely a good rod for what you pay for. I, like many others, am on a budget when it comes to fishing gear and this rod is one of the better rods I have purchased. I use it both on on the surf and the pier and it does great job.
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First, I've never thrown or owned one. But the comments I've seen are the opposite of what you're seeing and hearing, Pilar. I fished Penn Power Stick surf rods in the past, but had to move on because of consistent breakage (casting within well within the published weight limits). I was going to try the prevail, but saw too many breakage complaints in other forums and customer reviews. Have to admit I was tainted by the Power Sticks through. I've used the Penn Torque casting surf rod without issue.

I've had great success with the Bass Pro Shop surf rods. Also have a friend that has one and loves it.

Another less expensive rod that I've used in the past was the Star Rod Ariel. They're around $70 and served me well for a couple of seasons. I gave the to a friend and he still uses them after a couple more.

Jim Callahan is a great guy and a rod hound! I'd take him up on his generous offer.
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once you learn to use them, if your not already, conventional reels are the way to go when looking for distance but you don't always have to put your bait over 80yrds. sometimes 20-50 is all that's needed. actually, most of the time that's all that's needed.
I have caught some of my biggest fish in the surf washout, less than 10ft from dry beach. With that being said, I can cast my Penn Prevail/Mitchell 402 about 100yds with 2-3oz of weight. More than that and my distance goes down.

I have a 10ft Prevail that I bought last year and LOVE it! I was stunned at how effortlessly it casts 2-3oz. A gentle sweep gets the best distances, if I really try to sling it with a power pendulum cast, it gets less. It definitely likes finesse more than power.

I also have an 8ft bass pro rod and my wife uses an 8ft Star Ariel. I like both rods alot and could not tell you which was which if I was blindfolded. The Bass pro rod was about half the price of the Ariel. I caught it on sale. haha But both of these rods really have to be slung to get them to load. But all three are for the same 1-4oz of weight. I have to have the perfect cast to get these two out to 80yds. But they are only 8ft.

I spoke with Pompano Joe in person before I bought my Prevail. He expressed his concerns with breakage and I took them to heart. I did my research and saw what he was talking about. Most of the breakage issues that I saw were with the first gen rods. They are now on gen 2. Also many of the breakages were admitted to possibly the owner's fault in not seating the rod pieces properly. I am now paranoid about checking it every few casts. haha. No problems so far.
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